Friday 23 March 2018

Number of people on Live Register drops again - but concerns remain over youth unemployment

Number of people signing on last month lowest recorded since August 2008

Fall of almost 19pc in the number of long-term claimants on the live register (Stock image)
Fall of almost 19pc in the number of long-term claimants on the live register (Stock image)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The number of people signing on last month was the lowest recorded on a seasonally adjusted basis since August 2008.

According to the latest CSO figures, figures for those on the Live Register in November 2017 totalled 244,300, a monthly decrease of 2,600 (-1.1pc).

In unadjusted terms, 233,209 people signed on the Live Register last month, representing an annual drop of 39,951 (-14.6pc).

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time worker, seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

At a glance

Number of men signing on fell by 2,000 (-1.4pc) on a monthly basis compared with a decrease of 700 in the number of women (0.7pc) over the same period

On an annual comparison, the number of men on the register fell by 25,037 (-15.7pc) to 133,959, while the number of women dropped by 14,914 (-13.1pc) to 99,250.

Long term claimants in November 2017 totalled 98,905; the number of men decreased by 15,342 (-20.5pc) in the year to November 2017, while women fell by 7,461 (-16.0pc), an overall annual decrease of 22,803 (-18.7pc).

In November 2017, 57.6pc (134,304) of all claimants on the register were short term claimants.

On an annual basis, the number of people aged 25 and over signing on fell by 34,090 (-14.1pc), and those aged below 25 fell by 5,861 (-19.0pc). 

The percentage of those aged under 25 on the register now stands at 10.7pc for November 2017 - a drop from 11.3pc in November 2016 and 12.4pc in November 2015.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the decrease but remains concerned over the number of young people who are unemployed long term.

"The latest data from the Department of Social Protection indicate that 10,624 young people under 26 have been on the Live Register for one year or more. This figure is still far too high and more needs to be done," James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said.

A new Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) to be introduced early 2018 - targeted at young jobseekers who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment - has also been welcomed.

"With more jobs becoming available there is a great opportunity to assist this cohort of young people to transition back into the labour market, but that can only be achieved with the full and committed implementation of the scheme," said Mr Doorley.

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